SAS shows sound performance for September 2023

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Scandinavian carrier SAS has released its performance figures for September 2023, showing respectable increases across key performance indicators.

SAS September Performance

September proved to be a fruitful month for SAS, seeing an impressive 2.3 million passenger uplift. This figure represents a remarkable 17 percent increase compared to the same month the previous year.

Capacity and RPK Performance

Notably, SAS increased its capacity by a whopping 18 percent. This means more flights, more destinations, and more options for its customers.

The Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK) also witnessed a similar 18 percent increase, reflecting the growing popularity of SAS among travelers.

Load Factor

Efficiency is at the heart of SAS’s operations, and the flown load factor for September was an impressive 78.2 percent., compared with 76.5% in September 2022.

This statistic is crucial in the airline industry, as it represents the percentage of available seating capacity that is occupied by passengers.


In SAS’s case, a load factor of 78.2 percent represents their ability to optimize resources without compromising on passenger comfort.

An SAS Boeing 738 taxiing.
Photo Credit: Arash Abed/AviationSource

SAS Recognitions

Apart from the rise in passenger numbers, SAS has garnered several prestigious awards and accolades, cementing its position as a top-tier airline.

Notably, the airline earned a Red Dot Award for its redesigned app, a testament to its commitment to enhancing the digital experience for travelers. In a world increasingly reliant on technology, this recognition is a testament to SAS’s adaptability and innovation.

Additionally, SAS secured a five-star rating in the 2023 global APEX customer ranking. This remarkable achievement underscores the airline’s dedication to providing exceptional customer service and a world-class travel experience.

CEO Comments

Anko van der Werff, the President & CEO of SAS gave comment of the September performance statistics. In his own words, “We are pleased to see a continued strong demand for travel. 2.3 million passengers traveled with SAS in September, up 17 percent from the same month last year.”

September also came with other good news for SAS, as we won a Red Dot Award for our redesigned app and earned a five-star rating in the 2023 global APEX customer ranking. Both achievements are a result of our hard work to continue building Scandinavia’s leading airline,” he concluded.

As Scandinavia’s leading airline, the carrier operates from main hubs in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm, flies to destinations in Europe, USA and Asia.

In addition to flight operations, SAS offers ground handling services, technical maintenance and air cargo services.

As of 19 November, the airline will put an end to decades of Boeing 737 fleet operations, with the last commercial flight to take place on the evening of November 19 between Stockholm Arlanda and Oslo Gardermoen.

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